By Shelby RogersDecember 26, 2016Just as we hoped 2016 wouldn& 39;t take any more spectacular people from the world, this happened.Vera Rubin, the astronomer who laid the foundation for studying dark matter, died yesterday.Her son, Princeton University professor Allan Rubin, confirmed the death to the Associated Press this morning.
September 19, 2016A new warning recently came from the U.S. Secret Service about a new credit card fraud technique called Periscope Skimming. According to a non-public alert that was sent to bank industry sources, the Periscope skimming devices connect directly to the internal circuit board of the ATM and copy credit card data.
September 07, 2016 Image Source: Wikimedia The plane reportedly sounded many error and warning messages prior to takeoff, but both pilots ignored the warnings until it was too late. Part of the mixup is blamed on the pilot and co-pilot having to switch duties on the day of the flight, but no level of confusion fully accounts for a destination 11,000 kilometers off course.
September 18, 2016France recently took one step forward to ensure ecological consciousness and became the first eco-friendly country with a new law that bans the use of plastic cutlery, cups, plates and plastic bags. The law, which recently took effect, was suggested by the Europe Ecologie-Greens Party to be a part of the Energy Transition For Green Growth and was accepted in 2015.
September 05, 2016An Australian man will appear in court after facing numerous charges, including for driving with a metal pan in place of a steering wheel.On September 4th, police were notified of a suspiciously parked red Mazda sedan occupied by a man loitering in the street.As police further investigated the area, the man took off down a street before heading into a car park next to a unit block.
September 27, 2016 Image Source: YouTube A recent video of a massive anaconda reveals what could be the largest snake ever recorded in history.The snake was discovered by a construction crew in Brazil and is already building its name as the biggest snake in the world.The snake was discovered shortly after a construction crew cleared the debris of a cave that was blown open by a controlled explosion.
September 29, 2016 Image Source: Samsung Samsung sure does know how to make things explode. Regulators are now warning consumers that Samsung top load washing machines have the potential to explode. This announcement comes in the wake of the companies total recall of Note 7 phones, and they are currently investigating the issue with the washing machines.
By Shelby RogersOctober 09, 2016 Collage Created with PhotoJoiner Welcome to This Week in Science & Engineering, your weekly recap of everything major that happened in the wonderful world of science!This week:- Nobel Prize Winners Awarded: Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons The Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to three scientists who built nanobots, some of the world& 39;s smallest machines.
October 07, 2016The southeastern coast of the United States is bracing for another hurricane.Hurricane Matthew will hit the Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina on Friday, Oct. 7 with winds up to 140 mph. Matthew already swept through Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and other island nations.
October 08, 2016New technology is opening up a world of opportunities for food production in arid regions. Image source: ABC/Kerry Staight In the rough desert climate of Port Augusta, South Australia, plants are tough and drought resistant. With limited rainfall, fresh water is a valuable commodity. One company, Sundrop Farms, has solved this problem, building a solar-powered greenhouse that requires no fresh water.
Google just launched its first smartphone, complete with a personal assistant, virtual reality capabilities, and a new speaker system.By Shelby RogersOctober 04, 2016Google just launched its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, complete with Google Assistant and virtual reality capabilities.The Pixel and Pixel XL are powered by Snapdragon 821 processors and a new version of Google& 39;s Android software.
By Shelby RogersOctober 08, 2016The Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame added some pretty big names to its roster.James Goodfellow, the man behind automated cash machines, will join telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell, engineer Duncan Michael and lighthouse designer Robert Stevenson as this year& 39;s inductees.
By Shelby RogersOctober 11, 2016 Image Courtesy of Ariel Gonzalez/YouTube UPDATE: Samsung has completely halted production of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones. Samsung said that they & 34;taking our customer& 39;s safety as our highest priority, so we have decided to halt sales and production of the Galaxy Note 7,& 34; according to the Associated Press.
October 09, 2016The 1,592-meter-high Mount Aso has erupted, spewing out volcanic ash 11,000 meters into sky.The Japanese government announced that there are no injuries recorded related to the eruption yet. Seismologists are on the alert and waiting for another possible eruption as well.& 34;It is extremely rare for an eruption column to exceed 10,000 meters,& 34; Makoto Saito, the director of the Volcanology Division, told CNN associate TV Asahi on Saturday.
By Shelby RogersOctober 09, 2016 Image Courtesy of Chen Bill/Wikimedia Commons Germany& 39;s top legislative body, Bundesrat, hopes to only have zero-emission cars on the roads by 2030.Spiegel Magazin reported that the agreement was bi-partisan, and the Bundesrat wants it to expand to the European Union.
By Shelby RogersOctober 13, 2016 Image Courtesy of Ariel Gonzalez/YouTube Samsung and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have expanded the recall on all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and replacement devices.The CPSC says this includes 1.9 million phones including 1 million from the September recall.
By Shelby RogersOctober 16, 2016Welcome to This Week in Science & Engineering, your weekly recap of everything major that happened in the wonderful world of science!This Week:Volunteer to live in outer space with the Asgardia space nation Image Source: Asgardia The Asgardia project looks to put 100,000 people living in space.
October 26, 2016A team in the Czech Republic recently discovered the deepest underwater cave in the world. Polish diver Krzysztof Starnawski and his team explored the cave named Hranicka Propast, and measured the abyss at 404 meters (1,325 feet) deep.The September voyage wasn& 39;t Starnawski& 39;s first mission to Hranicka Propast.
By Shelby RogersOctober 15, 2016The United States Transportation Department banned all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on flights effective immediately.This includes both the original Note 7 phones and any replacement phones. The ban became effective today at noon eastern standard time.There isn& 39;t one set way for airport security to monitor who has a Note 7 and who doesn& 39;t.
By Shelby RogersOctober 21, 2016 Image Courtesy of PocketChip A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack stopped Internet traffic company Dyn DNS only hours ago, with other websites and services on the East Coast experiencing similar problems.DDoS attacks occurs when web providers are overwhelmed with traffic from varying sources, and serves as an effective method for digital assaults.
By Shelby RogersOctober 23, 2016Welcome to This Week in Science & Engineering, your weekly recap of everything major that happened in the wonderful world of science!This week:A Mars Rover disappeared only minutes from the Red Planet& 39;s surface Image Courtesy ofEuropean Space Agency ExoMars& 39;s Schiaparelli lander was supposed to touch down safely on Mars Thursday evening.